Samantha’s latest read is the historical true crime book The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation by Rosemary Sullivan, Indy recommends the Netflix anime Aggretsuko, the cutest show about loneliness and frustration around, then we preview the 4th installment of everyone’s favourite dance movie franchise, Step Up Revolution!


Aggretsuko, also known by its original Japanese title Aggressive Retsuko (Japanese: アグレッシブ烈子, Hepburn: Aguresshibu Retsuko), is a Japanese animated comedy streaming television series based on the eponymous character created by "Yeti" for the mascot company Sanrio. The character first appeared in a series of animated shorts by Fanworks which aired on TBS Television between April 2016 and March 2018.

Criticism of The Betrayal of Anne Frank:

This week we’re discussing the 1951 Sci-Fi classic The Day The Earth Stood Still, including its place in American history, how little we’ve changed in 70 years, 5G microchip vaccines, the Red Scare, the theremin, space Jesus, American exceptionalism, and we try to figure out where heaven is.


The Day The Earth Stood Still full movie:


The Day the Earth Stood Still (a.k.a. Farewell to the Master and Journey to the World) is a 1951 American science fiction film from 20th Century Fox, produced by Julian Blaustein and directed by Robert Wise. The film stars Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, Frances Bavier and Lock Martin. The screenplay was written by Edmund H. North, based on the 1940 science fiction short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates, and the film score was composed by Bernard Herrmann.[4]

Set in the Cold War during the early stages of the nuclear arms race, the film's storyline involves a humanoid alien visitor who comes to Earth, accompanied by a powerful robot, to deliver an important message that will affect the entire human race.

In 1995, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."


A Trip to the Moon by George Méliès (1902):

Indy wants you to be a casual astronomy fan, Samantha read the ballet memoir Swan Dive by Georgina Pazcoguin, and we get ready to explore 1950s sci-fi with The Day The Earth Stood Still! Plus wedding talk, Mark Messier, why sports journalism and Edmonton Oilers fans make Indy look at stars, realtor names, theremin, and more!


The Day The Earth Stood Still full movie:

The Day The Earth Stood Still Trailer:


Messier 43 or M43, also known as De Mairan's Nebula and NGC 1982, is a star-forming nebula with a prominent H II region in the equatorial constellation of Orion. It was discovered by the French scientist Jean-Jacques Dortous de Mairan some time before 1731,[2] then catalogued by Charles Messier in 1769.[a] It is physically part of the Orion Nebula (Messier 42), separate from that main nebula by a dense lane of dust known as the northeast dark lane.[4] It is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex.


Pillars of Creation is a photograph taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of elephant trunks of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula, in the Serpens constellation, some 6,500–7,000 light-years (2,000–2,100 pc; 61–66 Em) from Earth.[1] They are so named because the gas and dust are in the process of creating new stars, while also being eroded by the light from nearby stars that have recently formed.[2] Taken on April 1, 1995, it was named one of the top ten photographs from Hubble by[3] The astronomers responsible for the photo were Jeff Hester and Paul Scowen from Arizona State University. The region was rephotographed by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory in 2011, and again by Hubble in 2014 with a newer camera.

Georgina Pazcoguin is an American ballerina. She is a soloist with the New York City Ballet, and is known for challenging racism in ballet,[2] and for performing on Broadway.

It’s time for the 3rd installment of the Step Up franchise: Step Up 3D! Samantha claims it’s in the top 5, or 10, or 20, films of all time, Indy pitches Step Up X: Dance of Death, plus the Bushido code, magic Nike Dunks, boring engineering students, and more!

Step Up 3D (also known as Step Up 3) is a 2010 American 3D dance film directed by Jon M. Chu and written by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer. It serves as a sequel to 2008's Step Up 2: The Streets and the third installment in the Step Up film series. The film sees the return of Adam G. Sevani and Alyson Stoner, who portrayed Moose from Step Up 2: The Streets and Camille Gage from Step Up, respectively. It also stars Rick Malambri and Sharni Vinson.

Samantha Hees recommends the novel After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Indy Randhawa has short reviews of the last novels of Kurt Vonnegut, including Galapagos, Bluebeard, and Timequake, and we preview next week’s feature Step Up 3D! Plus NPR voices, French serial killer Gilles de Rais, relationship advice, shirt predictions, and more!

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (/ˈvɒnəɡət/;[1] November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, he published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five nonfiction works, with further collections being published after his death.

Step Up is an American romantic dance film multi-media franchise created by Duane Adler for the first film in the series, Step Up (2006). The franchise includes five films and a television series. The series has received generally mixed reviews from critics. It has grossed a collective total of $651 million.


Taylor Jenkins Reid, After I Do:


It’s time for our 3rd Annual Awards Show Spectacular, and we’re giving out awards to the films we’ve discussed over the last 50 episodes. Who gave a worse performance in Twilight, Robert Pattinson or Kristen Stewart? Would you rather be haunted by Beetlejuice or Christina Aguilera? Who will win the best animal friend award? Or most delicious food? Listen and find out! 

It’s time for another visit to Studio Ghibli as we discuss Hayao Miyazaki’s coming of age classic featuring a young witch and her cat: Kiki’s Delivery Service! We discuss women getting shit done, sassy cats, hard lessons about the loneliness of growing up, the rise and fall of blimps, WWII metaphors, all the things you’ve come to expect from Indy Randhawa and Samantha Hees.


Kiki's Delivery Service (Japanese: 魔女の宅急便, Hepburn: Majo no Takkyūbin, "Witch's Delivery Service") is a 1989 Japanese animated fantasy film written, produced, and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, adapted from the 1985 novel by Eiko Kadono. It was animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, Yamato Transport and the Nippon Television Network and distributed by the Toei Company. It tells the story of Kiki, a young witch who moves to a new town and uses her flying ability to earn a living. According to Miyazaki, the movie portrays the gulf between independence and reliance in teenage Japanese girls.

Indy runs down his list of best talking cats, including Salem Saberhagen, Sailor Moon’s Luna, and more, Samantha reviews the satirical thriller The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window with Kristen Bell, and we prepare for our annual dose of Miyazaki: Kiki’s Delivery Service!

Salem Highlights From Sabrina The Teenage Witch:


Some Changes to Sailor Moon for North America:

The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window (originally titled The Woman in the House) is an American miniseries created by Rachel Ramras, Hugh Davidson, and Larry Dorf. Kristen Bell, Michael Ealy, Tom Riley, Mary Holland, Cameron Britton, Shelley Hennig and Samsara Yett star in the series, which has elements of the dark comedy and thriller genres, but is primarily a parody of mystery psychological thrillers. The eight-episode series runs less than four hours and was released on January 28, 2022, on Netflix. It received mixed reviews from critics, while Bell's performance was praised.

This week we’re covering the sequel everyone demanded, Step Up 2: The Streets! We break down the dancing, romance, shirt budgets, getting served, Henry V, defenestrations, the many crimes of the heroes, theatre tech, inspirational cultural appropriation speeches, and more!

Opening Subway Scene:

The Final Rain Dance:

Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo Trailer:

Sam recommends Open Book, the autobiography of Jessica Simpson, Indy does several quick reviews of some middle career Kurt Vonnegut novels like; Slaughterhouse Five, Breakfast of Champions, Slapstick, and more, then we prepare to Step Up 2: The Streets!

Plus, when was the last good musical, and are Disney live action remakes a metaphor for growing up?

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, he published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five nonfiction works, with further collections being published after his death.

Jessica Ann Johnson (née Simpson; born July 10, 1980)[3] is an American singer, actress, businesswoman and fashion designer. After performing in church choirs as a child, Simpson signed with Columbia Records in 1997, at age 17. Her debut studio album, Sweet Kisses (1999), sold two million copies in the United States and saw the commercial success of the single "I Wanna Love You Forever". Simpson adopted a more mature image for her second studio album, Irresistible (2001), and its title track became her second top 20 entry on the Billboard Hot 100, while the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In This Skin (2003), Simpson's third studio album, sold three million copies in the United States.

Step Up 2: The Streets trailer: 

The Kurt Vonneguys:


This week we are looking at the life and music of Bob Marley. We track his life from his humble beginnings, becoming the face of Jamaica, assassination attempt, exodus, to becoming a worldwide influence, stopping in on his amazing music along the way.

Indy’s Bob Marley Presentation:


ReMastered: Who Shot the Sheriff? Netflix Trailer:


Politics in Jamaica, The Smile Jamaica Story:


Robert Nesta Marley OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and musician. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career was marked by fusing elements of reggae, ska, and rocksteady, as well as his distinctive vocal and songwriting style. Marley's contributions to music increased the visibility of Jamaican music worldwide, and made him a global figure in popular culture for over a decade. Over the course of his career, Marley became known as a Rastafari icon, and he infused his music with a sense of spirituality.[6] He is also considered a global symbol of Jamaican music and culture and identity, and was controversial in his outspoken support for democratic social reforms. In 1976, Marley survived an assassination attempt in his home, which was thought to be politically motivated. He also supported legalization of marijuana, and advocated for Pan-Africanism.

We discuss some important subjects like, who was the first person to be called hot, and the fall of low rise jeans. Then Indy reviews the classic Zamrock album Africa by Amanaz, Samantha recommends Down the Rabbit Hole & Vegas Diaries by Holly Madison, and we prepare to discuss the life and music of Bob Marley.

Amanaz was a Zamrock band founded in 1973 in Kitwe, Zambia.[1] The group released their only album, the acclaimed Africa, in 1975. Amanaz drew influences from American and British rock of the late 1960s–early 1970s, especially the music of Jimi Hendrix, and from traditional Zambian music, identifiable in Watson Lungu's drumming and Keith Kabwe's vocals. The band's name is the acronym of "Ask Me About Nice Artistes In Zambia".

Holly Madison[1] (née Cullen; born December 23, 1979)[2] is an American model and television personality.[3] She appeared in the E! reality television show The Girls Next Door and her own series, Holly's World. She has also released two books, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny in 2015 and The Vegas Diaries: Romance, Rolling the Dice, and the Road to Reinvention in 2016.

Etymology of Hot:

February 14, 2022

144 Step Up (2006)

We’re dancing into Valentine’s Day with Step Up, and talking giant clothes, dance skills, stealing cars, choreography, Channing Tatum’s busy schedule, The Wire, black trauma as a vehicle for white growth, you know, the usual stuff.


Step Up is a 2006 American romantic dance drama film directed by Anne Fletcher (in her feature film directorial debut) from a screenplay by Duane Adler and Melissa Rosenberg and a story by Adler. The film stars Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Mario, Drew Sidora, and Rachel Griffiths.

Set in Baltimore, Maryland, the film follows the tale of the disadvantaged Tyler Gage (Tatum) and the privileged modern dancer Nora Clark (Dewan), who find themselves paired up in a showcase that determines both of their futures. Realizing that they only have one chance, they finally work together.

Step Up was released by Touchstone Pictures and Summit Entertainment in the United States on August 11, 2006.[4] The film received mostly negative reviews from critics, but became a box office success, grossing $114.2 million worldwide against a budget of $12 million. It spawned a franchise that includes four sequels and a television series.

After a super light intro about pulling the plug on Indy if he’s ever in the flesh prison of a coma, DNRs, chainsaw-handed robots, The Golden Girls, Bob Seger, Bob Saget… honestly, you could just jump to the 6 minute mark…
Then Samantha reviews the novel One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Indy does rapid-fire recommendations of Kurt Vonnegut’s early work, including The Sirens of Titan, Mother Night, & God Bless You Mr. Rosewater,  and finally we preview next week’s watch, the film that launched a dance franchise: 2006’s Step up! 


Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ( November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, he published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five nonfiction works, with further collections being published after his death.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid:

Kurt Vonnegut:

Step Up trailer:

January 31, 2022

142 Cool Runnings (1993)

Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it’s podcast time! We’re feeling very Olympic today as we discuss Cool Runnings, the story of the Jamaican bobsled team in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. We discuss late eighties fashion, the cold hard truth of the cold, teaching kids about racism, the lessons we learn from failure, countless one- liners, and much more!


Cool Runnings is a 1993 American comedy sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub and starring Leon Robinson, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba, and John Candy. It is loosely based on the true story of the Jamaica national bobsleigh team's debut in competition during the 1988 Winter Olympics. Cool Runnings was released in the United States on October 1, 1993 to generally positive reviews. The film's soundtrack also became popular with Jimmy Cliff performing a cover of Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now", which reached the top 40 as a single in the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom.

Indy watched Tammy and the T-Rex where Paul Walker’s brain gets put inside a dinosaur robot which then eats a bunch of people, Samantha journeys with Michaela DePrince From War Orphan To Star Ballerina in her autobiography Taking Flight, and we preview next week’s big watch just in time for the Olympics: Cool Runnings!


Tammy & the TRex Trailer:


Taking Flight: From War Orphan To Star Ballerina by Michaela DePrince:


First Position Trailer:


Cool Runnings Trailer:

January 17, 2022

140 Twilight (2008)

We’re talking about Twilight, the movie that has it all: sparkling vampires, wooden teenagers, red flags, vegetarians, baseball, stalkers, head shaking, uncomfortable metaphors, and so much more!

Oh, and Laurant is not black in the Twilight books.


Twilight is a 2008 American romantic fantasy film based on Stephenie Meyer's 2005 novel of the same name. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the film stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. It is the first film in The Twilight Saga film series. This film focuses on the development of the relationship between Bella Swan (a teenage girl) and Edward Cullen (a vampire), and the subsequent efforts of Edward and his family to keep Bella safe from a coven of evil vampires.

Sam talks about the divergent paths of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel Maybe In Another Life, Indy discusses the relentless optimism of Ted Lasso starring Jason Sudeikis, and we preview the vampire story that changed/ creeped out the world: Twilight! 


Ted Lasso is an American sports comedy-drama streaming television series developed by Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt, and Joe Kelly, based on a character of the same name that Sudeikis first portrayed in a series of promos for NBC Sports' coverage of the Premier League. The series follows Ted Lasso, an American college football coach who is hired to coach an English soccer team in an attempt by its owner to spite her ex-husband. Lasso tries to win over the skeptical English market with his folksy, optimistic demeanor while dealing with his inexperience in the sport.


Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid:

Allen Iverson Practice Speech:

Ted Lasso Practice Speech:

Twilight Trailer:

Overdue Finds Podcast:

In what Indy describes as “one of the worst episodes yet” due to Covid symptoms and a new studio, we discuss the Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In. We do have a few coherent thoughts though, like; the themes of isolation and being an outsider, vampire lore, the divide between children and adults, & what it means to let the right one in.

Let the Right One In (Swedish: Låt den rätte komma in) is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson, based on the 2004 novel of the same title by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay. The film tells the story of a bullied 12-year-old boy who develops a friendship with a strange child in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm, in the early 1980s.

We discuss the space-age philosophy and puppy-cuteness of the Netflix animated series Dogs in Space, the jet-age stories of Pan Am flight attendants in Julia Cooke’s Come Fly the World, and we preview next week’s big watch the Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In.
Plus, New Year’s Resolutions, liberal vampires, conservative zombies, and much more!

Dogs in Space is an animated action-adventure streaming television series created by Jeremiah Cortez and developed by Cortez, James Hamilton and Adam Henry for Netflix. Produced by GrizzlyJerr Productions, Atomic Cartoons and Netflix Animation, the series premiered on November 18, 2021.

Dogs In Space trailer:

Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am by Julia Cooke


Let The Right One In Trailer:

December 20, 2021

136 Love Hard (2021)

This week we’re discussing the Netflix Christmas movie, Love Hard! We get some exclusive behind the scenes info from a source on set, plus we have hot takes on Walden, bobsledding tips, The Shredder, cats in hats, the declining population of Venice, defunct Olympic events, and so many more divergences.

Plus, Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie? Is Baby, It’s Cold Outside creepy? We don’t care, just stop talking about it.


Love Hard is a 2021 American romantic comedy film directed by Hernán Jiménez and written by Danny Mackey and Rebecca Ewing. The film, which stars Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang and Darren Barnet, is about a young woman who travels to her online crush's hometown for Christmas, but discovers she's been catfished. Love Hard was produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision, and filmed in Vancouver from October to November 2020. The film was released by Netflix on November 5, 2021.

Chimp washing a cat: 

John Legend - Baby it’s cold outside: 

Die Hard - Body on chair scene (with santa hat): 

Baby it’s cold outside (Love Hard): 

Buzzfeed will tell you if you’re a Karen based on your dislike of broccoli, or something:

Former Olympic Events:

A Very Nutty Christmas:

After an introduction about the divinity of perception and BBQ names, we share a few of our favourite Christmas songs by artists like Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey, & The Raveonettes. Then we preview next week's film, the Netflix original; Love Hard! Plus, reasons why you should wear a coat, how piracy is in the holiday spirit, peppers, milk, and cocaine!

Bing Crosby & David Bowie - "The Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth)":

The Raveonettes - The Christmas Song:

Nat King Cole - "The Christmas Song":

Bing Crosby - Mele Kalikimaka- 
Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You  

Anne Murray- Silver bells:

Love Hard Trailer:


Our Christmas extravaganza continues with The Muppet Christmas Carol, which is summarized by Samantha as “A bad dude is visited by 3 ghosts, it scares him, and he becomes nice.” It combines 2 beloved worlds and we discuss the existence of an afterlife, the birth of Christmas traditions, fantastic performances from Michael Caine and several muppets, and why this movie inexplicably works.

The Muppet Christmas Carol is a 1992 Christmas musical comedy directed by Brian Henson (in his feature directorial debut) from a screenplay by Jerry Juhl. Adapted from the 1843 novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, it stars Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge, alongside Muppet performers Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, and Frank Oz. Although artistic license is taken to suit the aesthetic of the Muppets, The Muppet Christmas Carol otherwise follows Dickens's original story closely.[4] It is the fourth theatrical film in The Muppets franchise, and the first to be produced following the deaths of the Muppets creator Jim Henson and the performer Richard Hunt; the film is dedicated to both.

The film was released in the United States on December 11, 1992, by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. It received modest box office success and mostly positive reviews. It is the first Muppets film to be produced by Walt Disney Pictures, whose parent company would later acquire the Muppets franchise in 2004.

We discuss the War on Christmas (and how Christmas is clearly winning) Indy pontificates on the classic, but surprisingly solemn, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Samantha recounts the twists, turns, and switches of Netflix’s The Princess Switch Trilogy, and we preview next week’s festive watch The Muppet Christmas Carol.


A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 animated television special. It is the first TV special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965. In the special, Charlie Brown finds himself depressed despite the onset of the cheerful holiday season. Lucy suggests he direct a neighborhood Christmas play, but his best efforts are ignored and mocked by his peers when he chooses a real, but puny, Christmas tree as a centerpiece. After Linus speaks of the true meaning of Christmas, the neighborhood decorates the tree as a Christmas gift to Charlie Brown.


The Princess Switch is a 2018 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Mike Rohl from a screenplay by Robin Bernheim and Megan Metzger. The film stars Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio and Nick Sagar.
The film's concept of two people running into one another who look identical and switch places comes from Mark Twain's 1881 novel The Prince and the Pauper.
It was released on November 16, 2018, by Netflix. It was followed by a sequel, The Princess Switch: Switched Again, which premiered on November 19, 2020 and The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star, which premiered on November 18, 2021.

The Muppet Christmas Carol Trailer:

We watched Nancy Meyer’s Something’s Gotta Give and are discussing the performances of stars Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, & Keanu Reeves, scream crying, talking directly to your audience, dangerous CPR techniques, beige clothes, romance, & more!

Something's Gotta Give is a 2003 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers. It stars Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton as a successful 60-something and 50-something, who find love for each other in later life, despite being complete opposites. Keanu Reeves and Amanda Peet co-star, with Frances McDormand, Paul Michael Glaser, Jon Favreau, and KaDee Strickland playing key supporting roles.

The film received generally positive reviews from critics, and was a box office hit, grossing $266 million worldwide. For her performance Keaton received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, while Nicholson received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

131 The Other Mrs. Miller, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, & Something’s Gotta Give Preview


Samantha Recommends The Other Mrs. Miller by Allison Dickson and her favourite audiobook readers, Indy has a Kurt Vonnegut update about Breakfast of Champions and the Kurt Vonneguys and talks about the police procedural / brilliant comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and then Samantha hopes her high school self’s taste has improved as we get ready to watch Something’s Gotta Give.


Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an American police procedural comedy television series that aired on Fox, later airing on NBC from September 17, 2013, to September 16, 2021, after eight seasons and 153 episodes. It was created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur.

The series revolves around Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), a New York City Police Department (NYPD) detective in Brooklyn's 99th Precinct, who often comes into conflict with his commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher). The rest of the cast features Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz, Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords, Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago, Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle, Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti, Dirk Blocker as Michael Hitchcock, and Joel McKinnon Miller as Norm Scully.

The Other Mrs. Miller by Allison M. Dickson:

The Kurt Vonneguys:

This week our discussion of Park Chan-wook’s I’m A Cyborg, But That’s Okay (싸이보그지만 괜찮아) covers sympathy, empathy, finger guns, the subjectivity of reality, the meaning of life, the 7 deadly sins, finger guns, representations of mental health, neuro divergence, and plenty of yawns.


I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (Korean: 싸이보그지만 괜찮아; Ssaibogeujiman Gwaenchana) is a 2006 South Korean romantic comedy film directed by Park Chan-wook, Staring Rain 정지훈 as Park Il-soon and Im Soo-jung 임수정 as Cha Young-goon

A young woman who believes she's a cyborg hears voices and harms herself while at work making radios. She's hospitalized in a mental institution where she eats nothing and talks to inanimate objects. She's Young-goon, granddaughter of a woman who thought she was a mouse (and whose dentures Young-goon wears) and a mother who's a butcher without much social grace. Young-goon comes to the attention of Il-sun, a ping-pong playing patient at the institution who makes it his goal to get her to eat. Will he succeed? Which way does sanity lie?


Our fantastic realtor Sarah Leib:

Indy talks about Southern Hip-Hop pioneers The Geto Boys, Scarface, and his autobiography Diary of a Madman, Samantha recommends the Old Hollywood historical fiction The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and we introduce next week’s watch, the (sort of) romantic comedy I’m A Cyborg But That’s Okay from Korean auteur Park Chan-wook!


Brad Terrence Jordan (born November 9, 1970), better known by his stage name Scarface, is an American rapper and record producer best known as a member of the Geto Boys, a hip hop group from Houston, Texas.[2] He grew up in Houston and is originally from the city's South Acres (Crestmont Park) neighborhood.[3] In 2012, The Source ranked him #16 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time,[4] while ranked him #6 on its list of the 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987–2007).

The Geto Boys (originally spelled Ghetto Boys) is an American hip hop group originally formed in Houston, Texas. The group was formed in 1987.[1] The Geto Boys enjoyed success in the 1990s with the group's classic lineup consisting of Bushwick Bill, Scarface and Willie D, earning several certified albums and hit singles, including "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" which reached No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs and #23 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

The Geto Boys earned notoriety for lyrics covering controversial topics such as misogyny, gore, psychotic experiences, and necrophilia. ranked the Geto Boys No. 10 on its list of the 25 Best Rap Groups of All-Time, describing them as "southern rap pioneers who paved the way for future southern hip-hop acts."


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a historical fiction novel by American author Taylor Jenkins Reid and published by Atria Books in 2017. The novel tells the story of the fictional Old Hollywood star Evelyn Hugo, who at the age of 79 decides to give a final interview to an unknown journalist, Monique Grant. According to Reid, Evelyn Hugo was loosely based in part on actresses Elizabeth Taylor, who was married eight times to seven different men, and Ava Gardner, who revealed the secrets of her life to a journalist which was eventually published as Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations. Reid also discusses how Rita Hayworth was a big influence on the character Evelyn Hugo. Hayworth, whose father was a Spaniard, had a very similar start to Hugo which can be seen in the beginning of the novel.


Mind Playing Tricks on Me by Geto Boys:

Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta:

October 25, 2021

128 Practical Magic (1998)

We’re discussing Practical Magic, a Sandra Bullock & Nicole Kidman film full of witches, ghosts, backwards horse riding, cactus pancakes, self stirring coffee cups, death beetles, and sisterhood. Sometimes. But usually not.

Plus controversial opinions on Fleetwood Mac and it's hanged, not hung. I guess it depends what you are talking about.


Practical Magic is a 1998 American romantic comedy fantasy film based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Alice Hoffman. The film was directed by Griffin Dunne and stars Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing, Dianne Wiest, Aidan Quinn, and Goran Višnjić.

Bullock and Kidman play sisters Sally and Gillian Owens, who have always known they were different from other people - they are witches. Raised by their aunts after their parents' death, the sisters grew up in a household that was anything but normal — their aunts fed them brownies for breakfast and taught them the uses of practical magic. But being a member of the Owens family carries a curse: The men they fall in love with are doomed to an untimely death. Now adult women with very different personalities, the quiet Sally and the fiery Gillian must use all of their powers to fight the family curse and a swarm of supernatural forces that could take away all the Owenses' lives.

Sam listens to the true crime podcast The Labyrinth, Indy goes puritan with the historical horror The VVitch, and we preview Sam's pick for next week's deep dive: Practical Magic. Plus: Aliens, libraries, the pandemic, disillusionment, middle-English, brown M&Ms, the Devil, magic crabs, Buffy, witches, & so much more!


Oh, the horror! Episode of Overdue Finds from EPL:

Makeshift Stories:

It’s a Conspiracy:

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Halloween season continues as we discuss the gothic supernatural horror The Orphanage (El Orfanato), a Spanish horror film full of spooky kids, great performances, grief, fairy tales, games, beautiful cinematography, red sweaters, and some good old fashioned terror.

The Orphanage (Spanish: El orfanato) is a 2007 Spanish gothic supernatural horror film and the debut feature of Spanish filmmaker J. A. Bayona. The film stars Belén Rueda as Laura, Fernando Cayo as her husband, Carlos, and Roger Príncep as their adopted son Simón. The plot centers on Laura, who returns to her childhood home, an orphanage. Laura plans to turn the house into a home for disabled children, but after an argument with Laura, Simón goes missing.


"The Monkey's Paw" is a supernatural short story by author W. W. Jacobs, first published in England in the collection The Lady of the Barge in 1902. In the story, three wishes are granted to the owner of The Monkey's Paw, but the wishes come with an enormous price for interfering with fate. It has been adapted many times in other media, including The Twilight Zone, The Simpson’s, and Are You Afraid Of The Dark.

The Turkey’s a little dry:

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As we kick off our Halloween season, Indy reminisces about Norm MacDonald and reviews the cosmic horror Color Out Of Space, Sam tells us about Dangerous Lies on Netflix, and we preview The Orphanage (El Orphanato). Happy Spooktober!


Art by Lauren M. Peterson:

Norm Macdonald & Courtney Thorne-Smith on Late Night with Conan O’Brien:

Color Out Of Space Trailer:

Dangerous Lies Trailer:

The Orphanage Trailer:

Norman Gene Macdonald (October 17, 1959[ii] – September 14, 2021) was a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, and actor known for his deadpan style.

Early in his career, he wrote for the sitcom Roseanne. In 1993, Macdonald was hired as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live (SNL), spending a total of five seasons on the show, which included anchoring the show's Weekend Update segment for three and a half seasons,[1] during which time he also made guest appearances on shows such as The Drew Carey Show and NewsRadio. After leaving SNL, he wrote and starred in the 1998 film Dirty Work and headlined his own sitcom, The Norm Show, from 1999 to 2001.

In 2013, Macdonald started the video podcast chat show, Norm Macdonald Live, on which he interviewed comedians and other celebrities. In 2018, he released Norm Macdonald Has a Show, a Netflix talk show with a similar premise to his podcast. Throughout his career, he appeared in numerous movies and was a regular favorite comedian panelist of talk show hosts such as Conan O'Brien, David Letterman, Dennis Miller, and Howard Stern, with many considering him to be the ultimate late night comedy guest.[2] He was also a voice actor, best known for providing voice roles in Mike Tyson Mysteries, The Orville, and the Dr. Dolittle films.


Color Out of Space is a 2019 American science fiction Lovecraftian horror[8] film directed and co-written by Richard Stanley, based on the short story "The Colour Out of Space" by H. P. Lovecraft. It stars Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Elliot Knight, Madeleine Arthur, Q'orianka Kilcher and Tommy Chong. This is Stanley's only feature film since his firing from The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996).[9] According to Stanley, it is the first film in a trilogy of Lovecraft adaptations, which he hopes to continue with an adaptation of "The Dunwich Horror".


Dangerous Lies is a 2020 American thriller film, directed by Michael Scott from a screenplay by David Golden.[1] It stars Camila Mendes, Jessie T. Usher, Jamie Chung, Cam Gigandet, Sasha Alexander and Elliott Gould.[2] It was released on April 30, 2020, by Netflix.[3] In October 2020, Dangerous Lies was nominated for People's Choice Awards in the drama movie category.

September 27, 2021

124 Heathers (1989)

Cult classic, dark comedy, scathing satire, glamourization of violence? We discuss the complexities of Heathers, including; school shootings, croquet, performative mourning, Ronald Reagan, Teenage Suicide (don’t do it), cow tipping, & more!


Heathers is a 1989 American black comedy teen film[6] written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann, in both of their respective film debuts. It stars Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, and Penelope Milford. The film portrays four teenage girls—three of whom are named Heather—in a clique at an Ohio high school, one of whose lives is disrupted by the arrival of a misanthrope intent on murdering the popular students and staging their deaths as suicides.

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Sam watches Only Murders in the Building, a show about a true crime podcast, Indy relaxes with the adorably melancholic Rilakkuma and Kaoru, and we preview next week’s feature, the dark comedy Heathers!


Only Murders in the Building is an American mystery-comedy television series, created by Steve Martin and John Hoffman. The series consists of ten episodes and it premiered on August 31, 2021 on Hulu. Only Murders in the Building follows three strangers, played by Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez, who share an obsession with a true crime podcast (modeled after Serial).[4][5] After a murder occurs in their building, the three neighbors decide to start their own show to follow their investigation. Only Murders in the Building received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its comedic approach to crime fiction and the performance of its three core characters.

Rilakkuma and Kaoru (リラックマとカオルさん, Rirakkuma to Kaoru-san) is a 2019 stop-motion animation series created by Dwarf Studio in cooperation with San-X that premiered on Netflix on April 19, 2019. On October 2020, it was announced another stop-motion series Rilakkuma's Theme Park Adventure will be released on Netflix. It will have the same production staff as the previous series.

September 13, 2021

122 Beetlejuice (1988)

This week we’re covering Tim Burton’s ghost with the most: Beetlejuice! We discuss its themes of acceptance, regaining innocence, unique blend of horror and comedy, reverse haunting, great performances, and more!

Beetlejuice is a 1988 American horror comedy film directed by Tim Burton, produced by The Geffen Company, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The plot revolves around a recently deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who become ghosts haunting their former home, and an obnoxious, devious poltergeist named Betelgeuse (pronounced and occasionally spelled Beetlejuice in the film and portrayed by Michael Keaton) from the Netherworld who tries to scare away the new inhabitants (Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones, and Winona Ryder).

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This week. Indy recommends Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle and may convert to Bokononism, Sam does some drunk yachting with Below Deck, and we preview next week’s feature; Beetlejuice.


Cat's Cradle is a satirical postmodern novel, with science fiction elements, by American writer Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut's fourth novel, it was first published in 1963, exploring and satirizing issues of science, technology, the purpose of religion, and the arms race, often through the use of black humor. After turning down his original thesis in 1947, the University of Chicago awarded Vonnegut his master's degree in anthropology in 1971 for Cat's Cradle.


Below Deck is an American reality television series on Bravo that debuted on July 1, 2013, developed by Mark Cronin, Rebecca Taylor Henning, and Doug Henning.[1][2] Announced in April 2012, Below Deck chronicles the lives of the crew members who work and reside aboard a superyacht during charter season.[3] It shows the crew as they deal with their personal issues in order to make their professional careers work.

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We’re heading back to high school, so remember to Save The Last Dance! We discuss the quality of the ballet performances, dance doubles, hip-hop, Julia Stiles' acting, Kerry Washington’s charisma, a surprising divergence into 10 year old Indy’s love of Onyx. Just in case you thought we could just enjoy this teen movie without getting into white privilege and cultural appropriation, you'd be wrong.

Also, turns out Malakai is a biblical name.


Save the Last Dance is a 2001 American teen dance film produced by MTV Productions, directed by Thomas Carter and released by Paramount Pictures on January 12, 2001. The film stars Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas as a teenage interracial couple in Chicago who work together to help the character played by Stiles, train for a dance audition. A direct-to-video sequel, Save the Last Dance 2, was released in 2006.

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Samantha reads the true crime memoir My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams, Indy takes a mystical journey to the kingdom of cats with Studio Ghibli’s The Cat Returns (猫の恩返し), and we preview next week’s feature the dance classic(?) Save The Last Dance.


The Cat Returns is a 2002 Japanese animated fantasy[3] film directed by Hiroyuki Morita, produced by Toshio Suzuki and Nozomu Takahashi, written by Reiko Yoshida, based on the manga The Cat Returns by Aoi Hiiragi, with music by Yuji Nomi, animated by Studio Ghibli. This is Hiroyuki Morita's first and only film so far as director for Studio Ghibli.

A spin-off of Whisper of the Heart, it was theatrically released in Japan on July 20, 2002 through Toho and in 2005 in the United States through Walt Disney Home Entertainment.[4] It received an Excellence Prize at the 2002 Japan Media Arts Festival. GKIDS re-issued the film on Blu-ray and DVD on January 16, 2018 under a new deal with Studio Ghibli.

Save the Last Dance (2001) Official Trailer # 1 - Julia Stiles HD

The Cat Returns - Official Trailer

My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress by Rachel DeLoache Williams:

Ready for a deep dive into the Spider-Verse? We sure are! We discuss the lovingly crafted Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, including representation in film, it’s ability to revitalize classic ideas and characters, the amazing visuals, authentic relationships, complex themes, and relatable characters, yes, even Spider-Ham.


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales, produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation in association with Marvel. Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, it is the first animated film in the Spider-Man franchise. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman (in Persichetti and Rothman's feature directorial debuts) from a screenplay by Phil Lord and Rothman, it stars Shameik Moore as Miles Morales / Spider-Man, alongside the voices of Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, and Liev Schreiber. Set in a shared multiverse called the "Spider-Verse", the film's story follows Miles Morales as he becomes the new Spider-Man and joins other Spider-People from various parallel universes to save New York City from the Kingpin.


Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Trailer:

Clip from Black Frasier:

Tragedy Gives The Hoodie A Whole New Meaning by NPR:

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In a slightly bizarre episode we talk metacognition, what it feels like to have ADHD and take Adderall, how our visual imaginations work, and we test to see if Indy has Synesthesia, or if he’s just weird. Then we remember this is a movie podcast and preview maybe the best Marvel movie ever: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse!

Visual Imagination Test:

Svetlana Khorkina:

2046 Theme by Shigeru Umebayashi:

Redbone by Childish Gambino:

Your Forest:

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that can cause above-normal levels of hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. People with ADHD may also have trouble focusing their attention on a single task or sitting still for long periods of time. Both adults and children can have ADHD.


Synesthesia (American English) or synaesthesia (British English) is a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. People who report a lifelong history of such experiences are known as synesthetes. Awareness of synesthetic perceptions varies from person to person.



Following up last week’s episode on the original, this week we are reviewing The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. We cover Anne Hathaway’s charm, Chris Pine’s hair, clone troopers, the dark side of the Genovia, what makes a cooking show, if it is better than the first, and we pitch our ideas for The Princess Diaries 3.


The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement is a 2004 American family comedy film and the sequel to 2001's The Princess Diaries. Unlike the first film, this film is not based on any of the books. Most of the cast returned from the first film, including Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Héctor Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, and Larry Miller. Garry Marshall returned to direct and Debra Martin Chase and Whitney Houston to produce. New characters include Viscount Mabrey (John Rhys-Davies), Lord Nicholas Devereaux (Chris Pine, his film debut), and Andrew Jacoby (Callum Blue).

We’re discussing The Princess Diaries this week and whether it still has appeal to modern audiences, efigies, sleep talking, a 3 minute rant about the perils of western beauty standards and monarchies, bad best friends, and Anne Hathaway’s charm.


The Princess Diaries is a 2001 American coming-of-age comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Garry Marshall. Based on Meg Cabot's 2000 young adult novel of the same name, the film was written by Gina Wendkos and stars Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews, with a supporting cast consisting of Héctor Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore, Caroline Goodall and Robert Schwartzman. The film follows Mia Thermopolis (Hathaway), a shy American teenager who learns she is heir to the throne of a European kingdom. Under the tutelage of her estranged grandmother (Andrews), the kingdom's reigning queen, Mia must decide whether to claim the throne she has inherited or renounce her title permanently.


M&Ms were originally created for the military:

Business Council of Alberta:

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Sam talks about her favourite erotica based podcast, My Dad Wrote a Porno, Indy takes a visit to the cutest town around, Penguin Town, finally we preview next week’s watch, Anne Hathaway’s debut, The Princess Diaries.

Penguin Town Trailer:

The Princess Diaries Trailer:

Overdue Finds Podcast:

Indy’s Episode of Overdue Finds:


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In our discussion of the Film Noir Classic Double Indemnity we talk Nazis, German Expressionism, women in the workplace, censorship, femme fatales, anti-heroes, wigs, a turning point of American culture, and drive through bars. Y'know, the regular stuff.

Double Indemnity is a 1944 American psychological thriller film noir directed by Billy Wilder, co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, and produced by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Sistrom. The screenplay was based on James M. Cain's 1943 novel of the same name, which originally appeared as an eight-part serial in Liberty magazine, beginning in February 1936.

The film stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Barbara Stanwyck as a provocative housewife who wishes her husband were dead, and Edward G. Robinson as a claims adjuster whose job is to find phony claims. The term "double indemnity" refers to a clause in certain life insurance policies that doubles the payout in rare cases when the death is accidental.


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Indy goes to Paris with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire in Funny Face, Sam likes Tara Westover’s Educated so much she double recommends it, then we preview next week’s deep dive, the classic film noir Double Indemnity.


Funny Face is a 1957 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Stanley Donen and written by Leonard Gershe, containing assorted songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Although having the same title as the 1927 Broadway musical Funny Face by the Gershwin brothers, and featuring the same male star (Fred Astaire), the plot is totally different and only four of the songs from the stage musical are included. Alongside Astaire, the film stars Audrey Hepburn and Kay Thompson.


Educated (2018) is a memoir by the American author Tara Westover. Westover recounts overcoming her survivalist Mormon family in order to go to college, and emphasizes the importance of education in enlarging her world. She details her journey from her isolated life in the mountains of Idaho to completing a PhD program in history at Cambridge University. She started college at the age of 17 having had no formal education. She explores her struggle to reconcile her desire to learn with the world she inhabited with her father.


Funny Face Trailer:

Educated by Tara Westover:
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With A Simple Favor, we go on a mysterious journey full of murder, twists, satire(?), unlikely friendships, brownie recipes, incest, fashion, secret twins, and even secreter triplets.

A Simple Favor is a 2018 American black comedy crime thriller film directed by Paul Feig from a screenplay by Jessica Sharzer, based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Darcey Bell. The film stars Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells, Linda Cardellini, Rupert Friend, and Jean Smart and follows a small town vlogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her mysterious and elegant friend.

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Samantha tries to solve a wedding murder with Lucy Foley’s The Guest List & Indy goes on a surreal journey with the classic Carnival of Souls. After a digression into the death of Saddam Hussein that nobody asked for, we prepare for A Simple Favor, next week’s watch. 


The Guest List:

Carnival of Souls Full Movie:

Death of a Dictator, the Snap Judgement episode of the death of Saddam Hussein:

A Simple Favor Teaser Trailer:

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This week we’re discussing the (underappreciated?) Wes Anderson film The Darjeeling Limited. We talk about its fantastic soundtrack, abandonment issues, the fine line between heavy-handedness and clarity, icky train encounters, India on film, and how many aliens you could beat up.

The Darjeeling Limited is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson which he co-produced with Scott Rudin, Roman Coppola and Lydia Dean Pilcher and co-wrote with Coppola and Jason Schwartzman. The film stars Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Schwartzman as three estranged brothers who agree to meet in India a year after their father's funeral for a "spiritual journey" aboard a luxury train. The cast also includes Waris Ahluwalia, Amara Karan, Barbet Schroeder and Anjelica Huston with Natalie Portman, Camilla Rutherford, Irrfan Khan and Bill Murray in cameo roles.

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Indy hates Don Cherry, Alex Jones, Stephen A. Smith, and your hot takes on Connor McDavid, but he loves Pablo Torre (and Tony Kornheiser), Samantha regales us with Paul Tremblay’s tale of Dr. Sherman (Big Sherm) delivering babies and super-rabies; Survivor song, then we get ready to board the Wes Anderson train with next week’s big watch; The Darjeeling Limited!


The ESPN Daily Podcast with Pablo Torre:


A sample of Stephen A. Smith’s idiocy:

Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay:

The Darjeeling Limited Trailer:

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Join us for robot revolution, god dogs, bus accidents, destroyed faces, gross kissing, & more as we discuss everyone’s favourite Keanu Reeves / Sandra Bullock time traveling mailbox romance; The Lake House! 


The Lake House is a 2006 American science fiction romantic drama film directed by Alejandro Agresti, starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock (who had previously appeared together in the box office hit Speed). It was written by David Auburn.[2] A remake of the South Korean motion picture Il Mare (2000), it centers on an architect living in 2004 and a doctor living in 2006 who meet via letters left in a mailbox at the lake house where they have lived at separate points in time. They carry on correspondence over two years, remaining separated by their original difference of two years.


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